Cable's Length II
Arrived safely Marsden Cove Whangarei 3:00 AM. Just docked and its starting to rain. Great timing. 1237 miles 160 hours from Savusavu. Good trip overall. All is fine on board.
Update at 1:30 pm local time. We are heading for Marsden Cove as originally planned. ETA MArsden 2:00 am. Wind has dropped and sea has moderated with very little swell. Motor sailing. Everything is fine on board.
Only 164 miles says it all. Wind has been NNW, N, NNE in rain bands through the night. A few Jibes but frustrating sailing. Motor sailing at present to maintain distance. We are likely to drop into Opua, do our clearance and wait for a small depression to clear before making our way down to Whangarei rather than battle possible head winds. ETA Opua Monday evening. Everything is fine on board.
Another good day until midnight, then the wind dropped out. (203 miles) Currently slow going at 6 kts in 12 kts of wind. Another clear night full of stars. Love night passages when the sky is like this. ETA now looking like Monday evening. Everything is fine on board.
Wind finally moved east. Sea is down a bit and a very comfortable sail over night (207 miles). Must be getting closer ... jumpers are on. Everything is fine on board.
Reefed down in anticipation of stronger winds that didn't eventuate. Hence a slower (182 miles) but comfortable night. First clear but cold night. Everything is fine on board.
Wind has steadily pick up during the night. Shortened sail twice to slow down. 232 miles in 24 hours. Other than being a little bouncy everything is fine on board.
Rounded Viti Levu and heading through Kandavu Passage. Accelerated winds to 28 Knts and inconsistent seas due to the effect of Viti Levu. Slowed down to ease the ride but it should short itself out as we pass Kandavu. Quiet other than a couple of fishing boats. 118 miles complete 1100 to go. All good onboard.
Departed Savusavu 10:00 AM for Whangarei. ETA Tuesday 18 September. It will be a slow start (but at least we are sailing) with a very tight sail down the Koro Sea. Very little swell and sea so its a very comfortable start. No issues and all well on board.
Arrived Lautoka 4:00 AM SATURDAY morning. Apologies for not updating YIT. We had notified customs for a Saturday clearance but we didn't know that last Friday was a public holiday making it a long weekend. All agencies were short staffed as a result but it was compounded by the arrival of a cruise ship in Denarau, coincidently at the same time 4:00am. Consequently we weren't cleared until 6:30 PM. We have now been to the market and Vodafone so we are back on the air. Russell has arrived and is onboard. Very windy today so we will head off tomorrow morning. All good onboard.
Wind and boat speed almost unchanged for over 12 hours. A few squalls and a shower last night. Swell is probably under 2m but the wind has pushed up the sea. 100% cloud cover. 130 miles to Navula passage so we'll arrive early hours Saturday. All good onboard. Now for one of lifes little mysteries. We have a 'Windex' on the top of our mast (like most yachts). For those at home, its a small plastic pointer 300mm long, two small aluminum wires holding a bit of reflector tape. Just sits up there to tell you which way the wind is blowing. Weighs nothing. Our mast is 22m off the deck. Well yesterday morning I found the Windex sitting on the side deck (which is not much wider than the Windex) by the saloon window. In these condition ... the little guy wasn't ready to leave us. We are all fine.
A good 24 hours sailing. Wind and sea behind us so a good ride. Swell has dropped to 2m. Mostly clear skies but a couple for nasty squalls during the night. Wind dropped off a few hours ago. ETA now Saturday AM. All good onboard.
A consistent breeze and finally making good time (almost) in the right direction. Having to jibe with a SSW wind. Great little sail with a 2m SSE following sea. Clear skies. We'll know today when the winds turns SSE whether we have made up enough time for a Friday arrival or if it goes out to Saturday. All good onboard.
At 6:00am LT 514 nm elapsed 595 nm remaining. Clear skies. A mixed bag of conditions with periods of 12knt winds, no wind prior to squally rain, followed by 3 hours of 24 knt winds and now we're back 12/14knts. Great sailing at 10knts plus after the squalls in low sea conditions. Great photos of being ringed by rain and magnificent cloud formations. All good onboard.
Good to be sailing after two slow days of no wind! 374 nm elapsed 714 nm remaining. Clear skies. Some pockets of rain over night. All good onboard.
At 6:00am. Light winds 10 to 12 kts S to SSE all day and through the night. Awkward angle so having to jibe while motor sailing. All good onboard.
Motoring! 263 nm elapsed 872 nm remaining. Slow progress. Still hopeful for a Friday arrival Lautoka. Not quite as cold as last night so we must be heading in the right direction. All good onboard.
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